From The FreeP: Pat Curry Feature

BU hockey fans, we have another feature laying in wait. This time we profiled Patrick Curry, one of the Terriers’ nine freshmen.

He has six points through his first 14 collegiate games, but it’s often the intangibles that best sum up Curry’s contributions. Be sure to check out all Jonathan wrote up here over on The Daily Free Press.

Here’s a small snippet:

“He’s definitely one of those guys who’s not afraid to mix it up out there and he’s very good at getting guys off their game,” Maciuk said. “He has a little bit of that Kenny Linseman in him from back in the day. You want to have him on your team because you hate to play against him.”

The rest is yours to read…

Top prospect Shane Bowers commits to BU

The star-studded prospects just keep on coming for BU head coach David Quinn and the Boston University men’s hockey team.

After receiving a commitment from Dylan Peterson yesterday, USHL center and top 2017 NHL draft prospect Shane Bowers tweeted out his commitment to BU today. Bowers, 17, is one of seven Terrier commits eligible to play next season.

The Canadian-born Bowers is currently in the midst of his second year with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. He has five goals and four assists through nine games played. The 6-foot, 170 pound center also played for the Canada Under-18 squad in the Hlinka Memorial Cup this year, scoring once in four games.

Bowers is known for his limitless potential and playmaking on the offensive end. With the current Terriers’ squad stacked on offense, it looks like Bowers should have no problem fitting right in on Commonwealth Avenue next season. Here are some more reactions on Bowers’ decision.

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VIDEO: Coaches, players react to BU’s win over Quinnipiac

The Terriers secured a statement win over Quinnipiac on Saturday night. The final score was 3-0, with Jordan Greenway, Bobo Carpenter and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson all scoring. Freshman goalie Jake Oettinger also posted his second straight shutout.

Without further ado, here’s what coaches and players had to say in the game’s aftermath.

Coach Quinn:

Jordan Greenway and Brandon Hickey:

Rand Pecknold, Quinnipiac’s coach:

From the FreeP: BU falls to Denver in first of two weekend games

It wasn’t the best start for the Terriers last night, as they were unable to overcome a 4-1 deficit and lost 4-3 to Denver. BU will get it’s chance for revenge when they play the Pioneers again tonight at 9:00 pm.

For now, you can read up on the game recap here. We weren’t able to make it to Denver and don’t have the postgame video, but GoTerriers.com has been posting Quinn’s interviews the morning after the game, so feel free to check there for the videos.

Be sure to join Jon on the live blog tonight!

Defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo commits to Boston University

The 2016-17 season may be underway, but that doesn’t mean that Terrier head coach David Quinn and his staff aren’t still recruiting.

The Terriers seem to have landed another big name, as Jeff Cox of SB Nation tweeted out that ’98 defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo has committed to Boston University. He will be eligible to join the Terriers as early as next season.

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound blue-liner is currently playing with the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL. It is his first year playing hockey in North America. Kotkansalo, who is a top prospect for next year’s NHL Draft, also won a gold medal with his native Finland team in the U18 World Junior Championship last year, notching four assists and a plus/minus rating of +5 in six games.

Kotkansalo is a hard-hitting defenseman with offensive upside, totaling 19 points in 48 games with Blues U20 of Jr. A SM-Liiga in Finland last season. Current BU defenders Charlie McAvoy and Dante Fabbro are known for contributing on both ends, so it seems that Quinn and his staff may have a preference for defenders who can score points on any given night.

Three thoughts from Saturday’s win over Prince Edward Island

Now that the dust has settled on the Boston University men’s hockey team’s 10-2 win over the University of Prince Edward Island on Saturday night, let’s revisit some reactions. To be exact, we offer three takeaways from a contest in which penalties took over the narrative and fans got a glimpse into the well-oiled machine the Terriers could be in 2016-17.

Without further ado, here we go. Feel free to share your thoughts below, too:

1.) The goaltender battle – When people think of BU’s roster, odds are they aren’t jumping to the goaltender position. After all, there’s so much on-the-puck talent that it’s easy to forget Coach Quinn has three viable netminders who are all capable of stepping into the crease on any given night. That was exactly the case against PEI.

The veteran, Connor LaCouvee, got the nod in the first period, and was bested twice in a 5-on-3 scenarios. Quinn conceded in his postgame press conference that BU hasn’t even practiced 5-on-3 hockey yet, and senior captain Doyle Somerby assured LaCouvee was hardly at fault. The Canadian also made 11 saves, and looked assured from the start.

When the second period rolled around, freshman Jake Oettinger got the nod, and he didn’t disappoint, turning aside all seven shots he faced. The U.S. National Team Development Program product never look flustered, and that’s a positive sign. Then came the third period, giving sophomore Max Prawdzik an extended period of live action. Like Oettinger, Prawdzik posted a shutout, stopping the puck 10 times.

All things considered, Quinn has an intriguing goaltender proposition on his hands: Who gets the start? Is it the known commodity in LaCouvee? How about Oettinger, who has high NHL Draft potential? What about Prawdzik? As Quinn likes to say, playing goalie is just about stopping the puck. You stop it, you play. Will it all be that simple?

2.) The freshmen – Leading up to BU’s season, I spoke with John Gardner, Avon Old Farms’ head coach, for a New England Hockey Journal article. Gardner has been around the block once or twice, and he spoke glowingly about Patrick Harper, suggesting he could be BU’s sparkplug on offense. Now we all understand why.

Harper demonstrated incredible instinct in front of goal and an eye for a pass, finishing with a whopping five goals and two assists against the Panthers. The kid is legit. But let’s not forget that center Clayton Keller put up a hat trick of his own, defenseman Chad Krys tossed out three assists and blueliner Dante Fabbro finished with a goal and an assist.

A perhaps unnoticed bit was that winger Kieffer Bellows, the New York Islanders’ first round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, finished without a point. It’s not that Bellows played poorly, it’s just more that a solid night paled in comparison to his classmates. That’s how productive this nine-member freshmen group can be.

3.) The penalties – Holy cow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many penalties in a hockey game in my entire life. To be exact, PEI and BU combined for 122 minutes in the penalty box, and the refs called the game incredibly tightly.

That’s why it’s important to revisit this telling quote from Quinn’s postgame presser. He might have taken exception to the Panthers’ physical style, but he definitely wants BU to clean its game up:

“I thought college hockey had gotten away from calling penalties. I thought it was starting to morph into 1995, ‘85, and I just thought there was too much hooking, holding and grabbing, and we’ve got to get back to calling the penalties that are penalties. To me, we have to do a better job of staying out of the box. I’m not blaming the referees in any way shape or form. We’ve got to adapt to the way they’re going to call it, and we’re going to watch every penalty we took tonight and they have to have a better understanding of what a penalty is. You can’t hit people high, you can’t go over the top and hook somebody, and we just have to adapt. We will, we’ll adapt.” – David Quinn

Will this trend continue? Only time will tell.

The Small Five:

  • Shane Switzer, normally a defenseman, saw some time at forward. It’s likely not a long-term solution, but intriguing nonetheless.
  • Four forwards – Oskar Andren, Ryan Cloonan, Johnny McDermott and Chase Phelps – didn’t dress last night. We’ll follow up and see if there are any injury updates.
  • BU fans had to love seeing Nikolas Olsson and Nick Roberto back on the ice. Neither made huge contributions, but odds are that won’t be their role this year.
  • The Terriers could have one of the nation’s best power plays. Few teams can roll out two five-man units as skilled as BU’s.
  • Take this result with a major grain of salt. PEI is no Hockey East or NCAA team, and greater tests await. Namely the U.S. NTDP visits Agganis on Thursday night, and BU visits Colgate University on Oct. 8. Those will serve as far more accurate gauges of BU’s standing.

From The FreeP: BU earns top spot in Hockey East preseason poll

The Boston Hockey Blog crew swung by TD Garden on Tuesday for Hockey East’s media day.

Coaches and captains were in attendance, and the league announced the Boston University men’s hockey team took home the top spot in the preseason poll. For BU’s purposes, that meant we got some reactions from head coach David Quinn, captain Doyle Somerby and the assistant captains in Nikolas Olsson and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson.

Here’s our article on the poll, as well as some thoughts on Hockey East as a whole. You can also find the complete poll below:

A couple quick housekeeping items, too:

  • We’re looking to start a BU hockey newsletter. If that’s something you’re interested, feel free to provide some brief information here.
  • The Terriers get their season underway this Saturday with a scrimmage against the University of Prince Edward Island. The game is at 7 p.m. at Agganis Arena.
  • Our annual Hockey Preview goes live next Thursday, Oct. 6. Keep an eye out for a complete, in-depth look at this year’s scarlet and white.

BU officially announces 2016-17 roster, three new staff members

Doyle Somerby will serve as the team's captain this season.
Doyle Somerby will serve as the team’s captain this season. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Get excited, Terrier fans. BU hockey is just around the corner.

The Boston University men’s hockey team released the official 2016-17 roster on Wednesday, as well as announced the addition of three new staff members.

The 26-man roster consists of 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. A whopping nine freshman will don the scarlet-and-white jerseys this season. Senior defenseman and Marblehead, Mass. native Doyle Somerby is this year’s team captain, while junior forward Nikolas Olsson and sophomore center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson have been named assistant captains.

The roster announcement comes with just over three weeks until the Terriers host an exhibition against the University of Prince Edward Island on Oct. 1, and exactly a month until the season opener at Colgate University.

As far as staff goes, former team manager Brittany Miller has been named the director of hockey operations, Kyle Czech is the team’s new strength and conditioning coach and Brian Eklund was named a volunteer assistant coach. He’ll focus on the program’s goaltenders.

Miller served as team manager for the last five seasons, focusing on analyzing statistics and ice-time during games. She also made travel accommodations for the team and managed ticket requests. Miller even helped out with the team’s social media accounts.

The first female to receive a full-time role on a Division I men’s ice hockey program, Miller earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Boston University. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the Questrom School of Business last year, and earned a master’s degree from the College of Communication this year. She will replace Chris Dyment, who spent one year at the position.

“We have known Brittany for a long time and she has really helped this program run efficiently over the last five years,” Terrier head coach David Quinn said in a GoTerriers.com release. “When the director of hockey operations job opened up, it was an easy decision to make. She is incredibly smart and driven, and she gets along well with people. Brittany loves BU and we’re very fortunate to keep her here with our program.”

Czech will serve as the team’s strength and conditioning coach, replacing Sean Skahan, who joined the Minnesota Wild this offseason as head strength and conditioning coach. Czech comes from Prentiss Hockey Performance in Connecticut, a prestigious training facility that has helped train NHL athletes like Jonathan Quick, Torey Krug and James van Riemsdyk. He has previously worked at both Clemson University and the University of Wisconsin.

“In the short period of time he has been here, our players have found him to be incredibly smart and personable,” Quinn said in the release. “He works incredibly hard and will be a great addition to our staff.”

Lastly, Eklund joins the program after serving as assistant goaltender coach at Harvard University for three seasons. He owns Massachusetts Crease, a goalie school that has mentored goalies both in college and at the professional level.

A 2004 Stanley Cup Champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Eklund played college hockey at Brown University before signing a two-year deal with the Lightning. The team’s third goaltender during their title run, he made his NHL debut in the 2005-06 season before playing two seasons in the AHL.

“He has a great reputation as one of the best goalie coaches around and will be a valuable addition to our staff,” Quinn said in the release. “Based on his coaching experience and his professional hockey career, we are looking forward to having him work with our three talented goaltenders.”

Eklund replaces Mike Geragosian, who was the goaltending coach at BU for 17 seasons and helped the Terriers reach 10 NCAA tournaments.

Click here to see the entire 2016-17 Terrier roster.

Brandon Fortunato leaves BU hockey program

Fortunato scored five goals this past year for BU.
Fortunato scored five goals this past year for BU.

One of the Boston University men’s hockey team’s most experienced defensemen has left the program.

Brandon Fortunato – as first reported by Mark Divver, the Providence Journal’s resident hockey reporter – has bid farewell to his career in the scarlet and white. The native of North Hills, New York would have been a junior in the 2016-17 season.

He appeared in 79 games across two seasons, registering six goals and 34 assists in the process. Often a pillar on the second power-play unit, Fortunato was a staple of BU’s charge to the NCAA title game during the 2014-15 campaign.

Prior to his time at BU, Fortunato featured prominently for U.S. Hockey’s youth national teams, earning a gold medal at IIHF U18 World Championships. During his sophomore year, Fortunato played on the U.S. World Juniors squad that captured a bronze medal.

It is not immediately clear what Fortunato’s BU hockey career entails, but the Terriers’ logjam along the blueline has become slightly simpler.

Head coach David Quinn will now have eight defenseman to choose from. From most to least experienced, they read as senior captain Doyle Somerby; juniors John MacLeod, Brandon Hickey and Brien Diffley; sophomores Charlie McAvoy and Shane Switzer; and freshman Chad Krys and Dante Fabbro.